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Ceili at the Roundhouse set for March 22-23

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 12th, 2013

Lunasa. Courtesy photo

EVANSTON — Young Musicians, Inc., of Evanston, will present the Ceili at the Roundhouse fifth annual Celtic Festival March 22-23. This year’s event is expected to be the biggest yet, according to organizers, drawing people for all over the country to celebrate and join in the festivities, shopping, music and demonstrations.

“Festivalgoers can count on some excellent shopping at the Celtic-themed booths,” according to Carolee Bowen, executive director of Young Musicians, Inc.

Feature headline bands include:

• Lúnasa — March 20, Suds Brothers Brewery. Enjoy an exclusive concert held at Suds Brothers Brewery in Evanston. Lúnasa has become one of the most sought-after bands on the international Irish music scene. The band’s inventive arrangements and bass-driven grooves are steering Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Inspired by Ireland’s great 1970s group, The Bothy Band, Lúnasa uses melodic interweaving of wind and string instruments, pairing flutes, fiddle, whistle and pipes in often breathtaking arrangements.

This concert, which is not included with the weekend pass, is currently sold out. Contact the Young Musicians to be placed on the cancellation list.

• Goitse — March 22, Evanston Roundhouse. Goitse is a flourishing, highly-talented five-piece band fast making a name for themselves as one of the most sought after bands among connoisseurs of Irish traditional music. Their fast paced, energetic playing has seen them enjoying a growing fan base through show-stopping performances in Ireland, America, Finland, Denmark and even Africa. The distinctive quality of their sound lies in the arrangements of well-known traditional tunes interspersed with their own compositions, which make each set entertaining and unique.

• Battlefield Band – March 23, Evanston Roundhouse. Under their banner, “Forward with Scotland’s Past,” Battlefield Band has been a bedrock of talent for over four decades, and continue to lead the way for Scotland with their inspired fusion of ancient and modern traditional music and song. Founded by a group of friends in 1969 and named after the “Battlefield” area of Glasgow, the band has now been touring and performing throughout the world for over 40 years, playing to audiences in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East and Canada, as well as more than 60 cities annually in the United States.

Workshops on instruments such as the bodhrán and the Irish bouzouki precede evening performances by bands hailing from Ireland. Also, after-hours jam sessions with audience participation round out the merriment. There will be fun for everyone, including a fairytale cave with stories for the kids.

Tickets for the Ceili at the Roundhouse are $30 for general admission or $75 for family admission, which is good for both days. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (307) 679-2348 or log on to youngmusicians.net/events/ceili.

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